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Thrift Store Skirt Refashion

Last spring, when I was 8 months pregnant, I went through my closet and ruthlessly edited out clothing that I had, cough, outgrown before I became pregnant and that I figured was never going to fit me after my eighth baby was born. Before I took it all off to be donated, I offered it to a couple of people, including my daughter.

She picked a skirt that I had bought at the thrift store for $6--a beautiful a-line linen skirt that was always too small for me but that I had high hopes would fit me at some point in between the births of my other children. It still had the thrift store tag on it.

It was a size too big for her, so she took it in.

Thrift Store Skirt Refashion The Prudent Homemaker

Then she realized what it needed to be even better was to be a knee-length skirt, rather than a mid-calf length skirt. She cut the skirt down and rehemmed it, and it was instantly more flattering.

Thrift Store Skirt to Cloche The Prudent Homemaker

Not long after that, she found a great free vintage cloche pattern that she loved. There was just enough fabric in the part she had cut off to make herself a matching cloche. (This is the same pattern I used to make her a warm cloche for Christmas that you can see here.)

She lined the cloche with some lining I already had, and a grosgrain ribbon I had leftover from another project.

Thrift The Prudent Homemaker

I've been losing weight and the skirt is close to fitting me now, but I've been told I can't have it back. And that's okay. She looks lovely.

Thrift Store Skirt and Cloche The Prudent Homemaker

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  • Rhonda A. January 11, 2017

    Will you be sharing some of his sewing and embroidery projects with us? I'd love to see those as well!

  • Everything he's doing is still a work in progress.

  • Roxie January 11, 2017

    She has an amazing sense of style and a real talent for making over a piece of clothing. I love the hat. It makes her look so pretty. I wish there were 'before' and 'after' pictures of the skirt. Amazing.....
    She is a beautiful young woman.

  • Roxie, the skirt was just longer and about 3-4 inches wider. She sewed down the side to take it in along the seam that was already there. Then she cut it off, as it hit her about mid-calf.

  • Becky @ Becky's Place January 11, 2017

    Beautiful job, Winter!

  • Becky January 11, 2017

    My niece altered a skirt in much the same way not long ago. It does make a difference when they raise that hem a little. I love the hat. It is such a cute hat, and looks great on her.

  • Kathryn January 11, 2017

    I would like to know how she did her hair for her skirt remake pictures. It looks so cute and very wearable for today. Beautiful job on the skirt too by the way.

  • Pin curls (overnight) and some wave clips.

  • Alyssa January 11, 2017

    She has so much talent! I love that she has such a sense of style. I also love that your eldest son enjoys sewing and embroidery! I agree with the other commenter that your daughter is a timeless beauty. The pic of her profile reminds me of a cameo. You and your family are such an inspiration to me! -Alyssa

  • Isabella January 11, 2017

    She is just adorable. And so clever and talented!

  • SJ in Vancouver BC Canada January 11, 2017

    Between the '$1 Dress' post and this one, I am left saying "Wow". Such talent. Seeing her outfits inspire me. The outfits including the cloche hat are so flattering and beautiful.

  • Gardenpat January 11, 2017

    My daughters began sewing just as they were starting high school and were so ruthless about cutting and reworking clothes that they bought at the thrift store- much braver than me!!! But their reasoning was that if they only paid 50 cents or even a dollar for a piece of clothing that if their idea didn't work out it wasn't as big a loss as if they had purchased it in a department store new!

    I was amazed at how good they became at alterations and design changes! Their school friends actually would hire them to do the same things to their clothes and as adults they have always had "side jobs" doing alterations for others!!

    A very profitable skill to have!!

  • Kathy January 11, 2017

    What a beautiful, industrious young woman!
    So, when are you going to write a blog post about losing weight while still maintaining a frugal grocery bill? That's not always easy to do!

  • Marcia January 11, 2017

    She does look beautiful. My granddaughter was so much fun at that age! I wish we could have slowed down time a little at that point. She is nearly 25 now, and not so interested in spending as much time with Grandma as she was then. So many other things to do. She also has a good eye for style and interior decorating, we've learned, so I think she will do fine, although thrift is coming late to her. It IS coming, however.

    Winter has done a great job with her clothes, and you can see that she will love wearing them.

  • Cheri January 11, 2017

    I love the photos! Classic and timeless-especially Winter on the bicycle. It looks like something from Call the Midwife

  • Terri C January 11, 2017

    I am so impressed with Winter's skill in making herself lovely and feminine in a cost effective way. Both the winter dance dress and accessories, hair make-up and this outfit are absolutely wonderful. She has a flair for fashion already and is proof that modest and lovely do indeed go hand in hand.

  • cathy January 11, 2017

    Your daughter is beautiful.What a wonderful skill to learn to sew. I taught my daughter, but she has 2 little ones and doesn't want to now. I have saved so much money sewing for me and my family. I made my own wedding dress, when we were completely broke. I cut a red velveteen robe up into large pieces of fabric. I made a christmas stocking. I will make a throw pillow for my son. I always keep boy or girl burpcloths on hand. I use new or gently used babyblankets or flannel to make burp cloths. I took off buttons of an old sweater. It had 5 large buttons. They are so expensive at the store now. I also took a pair of jeans in at the waist. God bless you and your family.

  • monica January 11, 2017

    What a vintage beauty! She did an awesome job. She and my daughter would get along so nicely.

  • Athanasia January 12, 2017

    There is a blog I saw several years ago called NEW DRESS A DAY and she remakes thrift store and attic finds on it. My girls look at it and the youngest said it is still going. Most of the clothes styles would not work for us but they like the innovation. Winter could do a teen version.

    I hope there will be more Winter episodes in production.

    My middle girl that knits a lot has visited thrift stores and rummage sales for yarns and for knitted garments that she either restyled, takes apart for the yarn or felts and then makes items from the felted knit.

  • Marisa January 12, 2017

    What a lovely girl and so creative!

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